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May 22, 2015

Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world

By Andrea Shalal

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Reuters) – Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S. spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence.

The NGA’s director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he calls a “seismic shift” in the agency’s culture to help it better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the U.S. government.

May 22, 2015

U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world

, May 22 (Reuters) – Much about the National
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S.
spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more
than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website
to tapping new sources of intelligence.

The NGA’s director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he
calls a “seismic shift” in the agency’s culture to help it
better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and
other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the
U.S. government.

May 22, 2015

Pentagon plans long-range missile defense radar in Alaska

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Friday announced plans to deploy a new long-range radar in central Alaska that would help the U.S. missile defense system better discern potential enemy missiles launched by Iran or North Korea and increase the capacity of interceptors in the ground in Alaska and California.

Raytheon Co, Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp are competing to build the new radar, which is expected to cost just under $1 billion.

May 21, 2015

U.S. Air Force eyes ways to avert delays in more F-35 capabilities

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is
concerned that a squadron of F-35 fighter jets scheduled for
combat in August 2016 will face delays in getting some
capabilities that are expected to be delivered in a 2018
software package, a two-star Air Force general said Thursday.

Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, who oversees the F-35
program for the Air Force, said he would meet with officials
from Lockheed Martin Corp and the Pentagon’s F-35
program office in several weeks to discuss ways to mitigate
against any delays.

May 21, 2015

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture needs commercial orders to survive

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – United Launch Alliance, a
50-50 joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing
Co, on Thursday said it would go out of business unless
it won commercial and civil satellite launch orders to offset an
expected slump in U.S. military and spy launches.

ULA President Tory Bruno said the company must attract those
kind of orders to remain a “viable economic entity” so it is
scrambling to restructure and develop a new rocket that in seven
or eight years could launch satellites twice as fast at half the
current cost.

May 20, 2015

U.S. Navy secretary says paying attention to cyber threats

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is working hard
to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and
weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential
attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray
Mabus said Wednesday.

Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia’s
use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and
Georgia.

May 20, 2015

U.S. Navy paying ‘whole lot of attention’ to cyber threats -Mabus

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is working hard
to improve the cyber security of its computer networks and
weapon and communications systems, while bracing for potential
attacks on power grids and fuel supplies, Navy Secretary Ray
Mabus said Wednesday.

Mabus said cyber warfare was a clear threat given Russia’s
use of cyber attacks before its physical invasions of Crimea and
Georgia.

May 20, 2015

UTC in talks with potential buyers for its Sikorsky business: sources

By Andrea Shalal and Mike Stone

(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is in talks with potential buyers for its Sikorsky Aircraft business, according to four people familiar with the situation.

Airbus Group (AIR.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Boeing (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) are exploring their options for a deal, but a steep $3 billion tax bill associated with an outright sale of Sikorsky continues to dampen the interest of big companies, the sources said.

May 20, 2015

U.S. Marines sending engine module to ship as part of F-35 testing

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Marine Corps is
“tracking very well” toward declaring a squadron of 10 F-35 jets
built by Lockheed Martin Corp ready for initial combat
use by July 15, Lieutenant General Jon Davis, the top general in
charge of Marine Corps aviation, said on Tuesday.

In a step toward that goal, the Marine Corps will use an
MV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft to transport part of the engine of the
F-35 fighter jet to the USS Wasp amphibious ship during two
weeks of testing that began Monday, Davis said.

May 19, 2015

Raytheon appeal halts re-evaluation of radar bid: U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force said on Tuesday it suspended a re-evaluation of bids for a $1 billion long-range radar contract after Raytheon Co appealed a decision by a federal claims court that had paved the way for the review.

The Air Force had hoped to review the bids and award a new contract within three months after the U.S. Court of Federal Claims last week dismissed a lawsuit filed by Raytheon in January. The suit was aimed at halting a fresh look at bids submitted by losing rivals Northrop Grumman Corp and Lockheed Martin Corp.